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What to wear on summer holidays in London?

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We’ve talked a lot about what to wear for winter – winter tops, winter jackets, even winter outfits for high tea… but what if you’re going away for winter? Keely did just that, in the hopes of finding some northern hemisphere sunshine… but it wasn’t to be!

London is a great city. It’s a melting pot of cultures. It’s teaming with life and landmarks, you can get amazing curry on every corner and the shopping is astounding. But if there’s one thing London lacks, it’s a warm and welcoming climate all year round!

Even if you travel to London in ‘summer’ (June to August), don’t expect to be wearing cotton dresses and sandals every day. The locals will tell you… summer in England usually only lasts a week!

Right now, at the end of June, the maximum temperature is maybe 19 or 20 degrees Celsius… if you’re lucky!

So, with ol’ Blighty’s chilly climes in mind, we’ve pulled together a few suitable outfits for holidaying in London’s summer (which is really the same for autumn and spring). NOTE – if you’re planning on going in winter, then you’ll need to add a lot of extra layers on top!

At least you know if you don’t pack enough warm clothes, you’ve got an excuse to hit Oxford Street and go shopping!

Our general rules on packing for London:

  • You’ll need a versatile, go with everything coat or jacket – we like a leather jacket or a wool coat
  • It’s good to have a pair of stylish trainers that you can wear all day sightseeing
  • A pair of flat, mid-calf / ankle boot will be your best friends – you can wear them with jeans, dresses and leggings… basically everything
  • If you know you won’t need high heels too often, opt for a heeled ankle boot instead, you’ll get more wear out of them
  • Always have an umbrella and scarf tucked away in your handbag!
Comfy jeans, trainers and leather jacket for sightseeing in London

Images from TOPSHOP, ASOS, ALLSAINTS and COTTON ON

SIGHTSEEING

Be comfortable with a couple of layers if you’re sightseeing all day, you’ll be surprised how quickly the temperature drops in the early evening. And remember the sun goes down late in summer, so you’ll have loads of time to be out and about!

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Casual jeans, shirt and boots for a pub lunch in London

Images from ASOS, TOPSHOP, WAREHOUSE and OFFICE

THE PUB LUNCH

A trip to London just isn’t complete without spending some quality time in a local pub. Jeans are the standard dress code, but feel free to accessorise!

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GORMAN dress and ASOS accessories for lunching on The Thames

Images from ASOS, GORMAN and DUNE

CRUISE THE THAMES

Take a walk or a cruise down the River Thames in leggings and an oversized dress… just make sure you have a jacket and scarf to put on if the temperature drops.

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Casual jeans, shirt and trainers for a day trip in London

Images from ASOS, WAREHOUSE, J.CREW, TOPSHOP and TELOPEA FASHION

DAY TRIPPER

Keely’s staple uniform in London is skinny jeans, collared shirt, light-weight jumper, trainers and coat… you can’t go wrong!

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Shirt dress, jeans and coat for a London dinner party

Images from ACRIMONY, STYLETREAD, NORDSTROM and SHOPBOP

DINNER PARTY

Getting together with friends? Jeans and an oversized shirt will let you eat and drink until you’re well merry!

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Pencil dress, boots and jacket for catching dinner and a show in London

Images from ASOS and THE ICONIC

DINNER AND A SHOW

A trip to London has to include a night out at the theatre in the West End! A pencil dress is classy attire, it shouldn’t take up too much luggage space and it can be dressed down for day time too…

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Metallic lace mini dress and metallic heels ready for a night out in London

Images from SHOPBOP, WAREHOUSE and NORDSTROM

BIG NIGHT OUT

Whether you’re planning on hitting the bars and clubs every night in London, or just want to venture into Soho at least once… you’ll need to pack (or buy) a show-stopping dress (preferably one that doesn’t crease) – it is London after all!

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Now we’ve shown you ours… where are YOUR favourite places to shop in London?

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